Good News!

  1. I saw the plastic surgeon today about my planned TAH/BSO with panniculectomy and abdominal hernia repair, and the news is good.......he thinks he will be able to take off about 10-12# of flab, and even tighten up the rest of my belly and upper thighs. I've now lost 41 pounds since Christmas, and he says that the more I lose before surgery, the better my cosmetic results will be, even though I'll still be markedly overweight (well, I STILL need to lose at least another 100 altogether).

    Not only that, it looks like the insurance will pick up the cost, as this isn't strictly a cosmetic procedure, but one that needs to be done because I'm at such a high risk for wound dehiscence and other problems due to my pendulous abdomen. I've gained and lost so much weight over the years, plus had five children and 3 C-sections, that there is very little tone despite all the crunches I've been doing to try to whittle it down. I don't care that I still won't be able to wear a bikini when all is said and done; I know I'll never have a flat stomach's been too many years of carrying too many pounds.

    But what a blessing it'll be to be rid of this gawdawful "apron" of flesh that hangs down, looks ugly and causes all kinds of misery no matter how clean I keep myself. I can't even imagine being able to leave the house in a top that doesn't cover me all the way down to my hips (why DO they make tops for large women so short, anyway??!!)........I never even knew that could happen again in this lifetime! I couldn't care less about looking like a model---I never did before, and it ain't gonna happen now---but the idea that I could actually look relatively normal is something that's going to take a while to get my head around.

    Of course, I'll be a train wreck for awhile after the surgery, which I'm planning to schedule for early August, but I think it'll be well worth it in the long run. In the meantime, I'd better get busy, losing more weight and continuing to get in shape for this big, big change. HURRAY!!
  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   Noney
    This is great news.

    Sometimes good things really do happen to good people

  4. by   nekhismom
    Congrats on your CURRENT weightloss, and wishing you much success with future weight loss and this procedure! You go girl!
  5. by   traumaRUs
    Congrats. I work with a clerk who had gastric bypass surgery and then after losing 100# had the pannulectomy. Her goal wasn't to look like a model either, but she is very pleased with the results. Good luck...
  6. by   Shamrock
    Wow, you are focused!! Way to go!
  7. by   Ted
  8. by   Tweety
    That's awesome. It can only continue to make you feel better about yourself and continue to loose the weight. Woot!
  9. by   H ynnoD
    Congratulations-What an uplifting experience to accomplish goals we set for our selfs.Well pray that the surgery goes well.
  10. by   VivaLasViejas
    Thanks, you guys!! I still have to get through the approval process, which isn't exactly a cakewalk (I had a bad experience with the one company last year when I was going to have the hyst the FIRST time---the day before I was to go into surgery, they rescinded their previous approval and I ended up with the ablation, which of course didn't work). Then again, maybe there was a purpose to that after all........there had been no discussion of having the panniculectomy then, and I was about 45# heavier at the time. Plus, I have dual insurance now, and my insurance is much better than my husband's, so not only are my chances improved, this could conceivably cost me NADA out-of-pocket.

    We'll see, the meantime, I've got five months to work on losing more weight and getting myself into condition to give myself the best chance possible to heal quickly and get on with my life.
  11. by   manna
    Congratulations - that is an amazing weight loss in such a short time... I hope all the planning for the surgery goes smoothly, and good luck!
  12. by   suzanne4
    Good luck with your surgery. I am sure that you will keep us posted.

  13. by   Elenaster
    41 lbs since Christmas! You are fabulous!!!! I hope your surgery goes smoothly and the results exceed your expectations.
  14. by   jnette
    Quote from Elenaster
    41 lbs since Christmas! You are fabulous!!!! I hope your surgery goes smoothly and the results exceed your expectations.

    Triple DITTO there !!! Here's to YOU !!! Good job ! And good luck !